Police investigate baby's injuries
Police have opened a second-degree assault investigation concerning injuries suffered by a 5-month-old girl.
The injuries were reported to police Thursday after the child's 23-year-old father and 22-year-old mother brought her to a clinic for a checkup. A body scan at Tripler Army Medical Center showed the girl has 14 healing or current fractures, including to her ribs and collarbone.
There have been no arrests, police said.
MAN STABBED IN ATTACK BY 5 OTHERS
A 26-year-old man was stabbed when five men attacked him early Saturday morning at a parking lot on Ward Avenue, police said.
The man was hospitalized in serious but stable condition, police said.
Police said the 3:50 a.m. attack may be related to an earlier incident on Pohukaina and Kamani streets, where there was a confrontation between the stabbing victim and another man, who was with two women in a parked car.
$5,000 OFFERED FOR HIROSHIMA STUDY
The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i is accepting applications through April 28 for a $5,000 study grant, which includes a research trip to Hiroshima.
Applicants for the Goto of Hiroshima Foundation study grant must be Hawai'i residents, 18 to 40 years old, with an interest in research regarding Hiroshima and Hawai'i and/or general Japanese culture, politics, economics or language. Preference will be given to applicants from Honoka'a on the Big Island.
Over the past decade, foundation grants have produced research on "The Dynamics and Realities of Youth Socialization in Contemporary Japan" and "Kumulokahi, the Source of Unity: Hawaiian-Japanese Relations Then and Now."
The foundation was established by Hiroshima physician Dr. Fumiko Kaya in memory of her late uncle, Katsu Goto, a store owner in Honoka'a who was killed in 1889 for helping Japanese immigrant laborers understand their rights as workers and as individuals.
Application forms are available at the cultural center office at 2454 S. Beretania St. For information, call 945-7633, ext. 33 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
HI 5¢ BINS SET UP AT COUNTY PARKS
Sixty-seven Kaua'i County parks have been outfitted with a total of 350 beverage container recycling bins, whose contents can be removed and redeemed by anyone.
The goal, Mayor Bryan Baptiste said, is to reduce litter and reduce the amount of recyclable material that ends up in the county landfill. To that end, most park trash cans will have green wire bins next to them for redeemable bottles and cans.
Anyone can empty the wire bins and take the cans and bottles to a HI 5¢ redemption center.
HALF OF '05 TRAFFIC DEATHS DUE TO DUI
Half of the Big Island's 36 traffic-related deaths in 2005 involved a driver who had been either drinking alcohol or using drugs, the Hawai'i County Impaired Driving Task Force reported.
"Eight of those fatalities had both alcohol and drugs in their system at the time of the crash," said Jackie Murai, coordinator of the Impaired Driving Task Force.
"Our mission is to work with the community to bring those numbers down," Murai said. "On average from 1988-2001, the alcohol-related death rate in Hawai'i County was almost 53 percent, while the national average was 40 percent and the state's rate 47 percent."
The Impaired Driving Task Force has also been conducting community meetings islandwide to bring awareness to the problem and to enlist the public's help in preventing further deaths.
Last year, Big Island police conducted 144 DUI checkpoints, the most in the state. Nearly 20,000 vehicles were screened and 1,069 drivers arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol and drugs.